Back in September
a PSC Research Project
Investigator: George C. Alter
This project will archive, preserve, and disseminate historically and demographically significant data about the United States. Our focus is on longitudinal data describing life histories, especially multi-generation datasets. Recent developments in population-related sciences, such as the bio-demography of aging and the evolutionary biology of reproduction, have renewed interest in data that follow individuals throughout their lives and across generations. There is a rich heritage of such data about the U.S., but it is in grave danger of being lost forever. Many important studies were conducted at a time when data archiving was not a standard practice, and the preservation of digital objects was rarely considered. In addition to archiving and preserving these data, we will translate them into the “Intermediate Data Structure,” an emerging standard for historical longitudinal data, which creates standardization and transparency in complex data management tasks and makes these data much easier to use.
|Funding:||Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1 R21-HD-060893)|
Funding Period: 03/18/2010 to 02/28/2014
Country of Focus: USA